Environmental Paper Company Index 2019

EPCI 2019


The EPCI 2019 participants together produce:

  • graphic paper

    16%

    of world's

    GRAPHIC PAPER

  • newspaper

    13%

    of world's

    NEWSPRINT

  • packaging

    9%

    of world's

    PACKAGING

  • pulp

    10%

    of world's

    PULP

  • tissue

    15%

    of world's

    TISSUE

The Index scores a company’s overall performance on responsible fibre sourcing, clean manufacturing, transparency in reporting and environmental management systems (EMS). It aims to show a trend over the years for the various indicators evaluated without comparing individual company performance. 2020 is the deadline set by more than 500 global companies for fulfilling their pledge to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains. As such, EPCI 2019 will allow companies to transparently report on their footprint as part of their commitments to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Bonn Challenge and New York Declaration on Forests, among others.

This year 28 companies accepted the invitation to take part in the Index, while 56 did not respond or declined to participate. Also, this year WWF carried out a special assessment of 3 companies which did not choose to voluntarily participate, using publicly available data.

The pulp and paper industry can be a leader in sustainability

Forest-based industries are key drivers of a green circular economy. Production forests need to be managed to the highest ecological and social standards, and the use and recovery of wood products must become more efficient.

WWF considers the pulp, paper, and packaging sector a crucial player to help achieve WWF's goals which are to increase protected forest areas, bring more forests under improved management, halt deforestation and restore degraded forest landscapes.

We call on the sector to take bold and collective action to reduce its global footprint and transparently disclose information on its activities and policies.